Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Hizballah short on corpses, performers

*** Update at 13:10 on 9 August ***: Tempest in a teapot, or NYT spin? The Times has issued a correction of the caption accompanying the slide show. I'm giving NYT enough benefit of the doubt to put this update at the top.

OK, I had to do it. It took me a few minutes of cropping screen shots, but here are frames 2, 3, 4 and 6 from the NY Times slide show of Hizballah's propaganda fest as previously reported by Gateway Pundit.

Note that I'm not blaming NYT for anything other than editorial inattentiveness here. And I'm sure not taking credit for the sharp eyes that first caught this.

Maybe it's fatigue after the Reuters Photo Phiasco, but this one seems to be getting under-played a bit, so here it is in detail.

Hizballah apparently can't find enough bodies to parade for the press corps covering the attacks in Lebanon, nor do they have enough stage actors. So, the actors playing the role of rescuers must occasionally double as corpses.

Note the guy with the backwards baseball cap...

...and again at upper-right background...

...and one more time right foreground just before...

...his sudden and untimely "death"! Note the cap now tucked between
his left arm and body. Can't go cap-less in the afterlife!

Update at 09:39 on 9 August: Michelle Malkin reports that NPR's caption, in an interview item with NYT photographer Tyler Hicks, is very different from NYT's own.

NYT slide show caption: The Mayor of Tyre said that in the worst-hit areas, bodies were still buried under the rubble, and he appealed to the Israelis to allow government authorities time to pull them out.

NPR caption for the same photo: After an Israeli airstrike destroyed a building in Tyre, Lebanon, one man helps another who had fallen and been hurt.

Hurt, or playing possum?

Update at 11:10 on 9 August: Ace is almost, kinda-sorta ready to retract his post on this topic, but still has questions. So do I. Why the two vastly different captions?

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